Autumn Bucket List

Monday, October 13, 2014
Seasons have a tendency to slip away from me before I come to the reality that they ever happened. All too frequently, I get caught up with the every day tasks and plans for upcoming seasons that I rarely take the time to appreciate the one that we're in. So, with that being said I decided to come up with an Autumn 'bucket list'. This way I can appreciate the small victories of fall and at the same time, get out and enjoy this time of the year with the little one. Let's get started.

1. Get lost in a cornfield maze

2. Coax Parker into jumping into a giant leaf pile

3. Eat a halloween'ed up doughnut

4. Carve pumpkins

5. Get together a stash of Halloween books and read them to Parker at night

6. Sit down with enough time to watch and enjoy Hocus Pocus

7. Whip up a seasonal dessert

8. Accompany said dessert with a warm drink of some sort

Nothing too ambitious but perfect given the last few weeks before the snow hits. 

These doughnuts were ridiculous. Parker and I could have camped out at the food stand all day.

I love the sugar all over her face. Her mother's daughter ;)

This past weekend we were able to cross off one of the items on the list. Parker had her first visit to a pumpkin patch and we unsuccessfully took on the cornfield maze. Apparently the wagon is where its at so she was less than thrilled walking through an area where everywhere you turned, was nothing but corn stalks. I'm sure in a few years I'll be chasing her through them trying to keep track, but for now we'll move on to the next item. A leaf pile is waiting in our front yard as we speak. 

Parker's 2nd Birthday

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Our little pipsqueak turned two last week! 

Since her birthday landed on a Wednesday this year, we decided to keep that day pretty low key and celebrated with our small family. We started the morning off with a breakfast party with a few of her bffs. I whipped up funfetti pancakes with bananas, which might have kick started a new birthday tradition. 

What's a second birthday without some terrible two sass?

Next we headed off to 'school' to play with her friends while I got some things done at work. Matt and I stopped over to her classroom after their nap time  with cookies and blueberries in tow. A definite hit for 2-3 year olds. Later we invited our parents over for dinner and cake (the main event), and finished the night off with a frosting covered and sugar high toddler in the tub. 

Parker has been on a mermaid kick for the last few months so naturally a mermaid themed birthday party had to happen. Have you ladies seen the party kits that you can buy off of Etsy? I almost did backflips when I found a customizable mermaid themed kit with invitations, water bottle labels, signs, food labels, etc. etc. etc. It's such an easy and cost effective way to tie a party together. 

I mentioned before that Parker has been obsessed with birthdays, so the highlight of her birthday and her party that following weekend was having everyone sing 'happy birthday' and blowing out the candles. I've never seen her face light up as big as it did in those moments. Seeing her so happy,  surrounded by those whom she loves and love her right back makes a mama's heart so proud. I always seem to hold it together until I see her looking at her candles about to blow them out. It's just the sweetest thing seeing her get more and more excited about these events in her life with each passing year.

Happy birthday, Parker! You have made each day of our lives so extraordinary with the smallest things you do. I know these days will one day seem impossible that they ever happened, so we are soaking in every bit of your tiny self watching you grow into the most hilarious, caring, daring and above all happiest girl we know. We love you so and can't wait to see what the year ahead holds for you. XOXO!

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